Will drama turn to crisis? On The New Arts GCSEs and A Levels

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The Government’s statement on the new arts GCSEs and A Levels is to be welcomed. It states that: “Students will be able to access high-quality, rigorous GCSEs…” and that: “These new A levels will ensure that students have the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in demanding undergraduate courses.” This will come to a great relief to many teachers and students of the Arts who have been worried as to what the future might be for these subjects.

However, there could be a problem. Issues around science practicals, and the Speaking and Listening element in English GCSEs point to a problem, it is very difficult to assess practical exams fairly let alone ‘rigorously’. This has led to students in drama finding it more difficult to get the highest grades. In fact, in percentage terms it is easier to get the highest grades in Physics and Mathematics than it is in Drama. The…

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